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Jan 26, 2021

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.


Dr. Adrian Hyzler, the Chief Medical Officer of Healix International, joins RIMScast once again to provide an update on COVID-19 developments as of winter 2021.


COVID-19 remains a critical focus at RIMScast. Between the new surges, strains, and the rollout of vaccines, there is so much that risk professionals need to know to keep their businesses operational in addition to keeping their employees safe and informed.


In this update, Dr. Hyzler speaks about the UK lockdown due to the 27% rise in COVID-19 cases, the difficulties countries are facing in vaccine distribution, the new COVID-19 variants, and what businesses should avoid and embrace in the midst of the pandemic.


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About RIMS’s Global Membership.

[:27] About today’s episode.

[:37] Current RIMS features, offerings, news, and events.

[1:57] More about today’s episode with Dr. Adrian Hyzler.

[2:19] Justin welcomes Dr. Hyzler back to RIMScast!

[2:39] Currently, the UK is in the middle of a lockdown due to a major incident (a 27% rise in COVID-19 cases between December 30th and January 6th.) What has this experience been for Dr. Hyzler during this?

[4:09] How confident is Dr. Hyzler that we will be able to combat the new variant of COVID-19?

[5:54] The UK has introduced mandatory coronavirus testing for all international arrivals and extended a southern Africa travel ban to curb a new Covid-19 variant. Does Dr. Hyzler see this as being an effective ban?

[11:01] Does Dr. Hyzler feel that people got a little too confident over the spring and summer of 2020 as the numbers plateaued for a little bit? And ultimately, that’s why we saw this resurgence in numbers (and still continue to see it now in January of 2021?)

[12:37] Dr. Hyzler discusses some of the difficulties countries are facing in vaccine distribution.

[14:51] Dr. Hyzler knows many people that have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine. He shares what their experience was like and how the vaccine works.

[17:48] Why is it possible that someone is still able to get infected with COVID-19 after receiving the vaccination?

[19:32] How employers and risk professionals can use the publicly available COVID-19 information to protect their employees and prevent onsite spread.

[23:15] Does Dr. Hyzler feel that world leaders, celebrities, and politicians filming themselves getting the vaccine is an effective way to promote it? And does he think that business leaders may take a cue from that?

[25:13] Strategically, is there anything that Dr. Hyzler feels that businesses should avoid or embrace in the midst of the pandemic?

[30:50] Justin thanks Dr. Adrian Hyzler for joining RIMScast once again and shares some of the links to check out in this episode’s show notes!


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS Risk Forum 2020 India — Register for On-Demand Content!

RIMS Webinars and Services:

Jan. 28th, 2021 | “Strengthening Risk Management Capabilities to Navigate Social & Economic Concerns in Nigeria” — Register Today!

Feb. 11th, 2021 | Sponsored by Travelers and Constitution State Services: “What COVID-19 Vaccines Mean for the Workplace in 2021” Free for members and non-members!

Feb. 18th, 2021 | RIMS Board Governance Task Presents: “Boardroom Diversity in 2021” This first session will be free for members and non-members!

Upcoming RIMS Webinars

On-Demand Webinars

Virtual Workshop — Feb. 5th, 2021: “Leveraging Data and Analytics for Continuous Risk Management” — Register Here!

RIMS Virtual Workshops

RIMS Coronavirus Information Center

RIMS Advisory Services — Ask a Peer

Risk Management magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS Risk Leaders Series | “2015 RIMS President Rick Roberts” — Just added!

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)


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Previous Episode with Dr. Adrian Hyzler:

“An Update on COVID-19 with Dr. Adrian Hyzler Part 2” — Jun. 30th, 2020

“An Update on COVID-19 with Dr. Adrian Hyzler” — Jun. 23rd, 2020

“COVID-19 Update with Dr. Adrian Hyzler of Healix Global” — Apr. 28th, 2020

“What Risk Professionals Should Know About the Coronavirus with Richard Lewis and Dr. Adrian Hyzler” — Feb. 18th, 2020

Related Articles:

“UK extends travel ban to Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Lesotho, and Mozambique,” by CNN’s Zahid Mahmood

“UK Introduces Mandatory COVID-19 Testing for All Arrivals,” by CNN’s Zahid Mamood and Sarah Dean

“Yes, You Can Still Get Infected with COVID-19 After Being Vaccinated. Here’s Why,” by CNN’s Eric Levenson


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Follow up with Our Guest:

Dr. Adrian Hyzler